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Finally! After much anticipation, Georgia’s Governor Nathan Deal signed the Campus Carry Bill! It was a toss up as to whether or not he would sign, because he vetoed the bill last year when it landed on his desk.

While this is a very controversial bill, it is a HUGE step for people such as myself who, prior to this signing, could not legally carry onto campus and protect ourselves.

People are afraid of what they do not understand. Which is the only way I can make sense of people who are against campus carry. They are afraid of guns because of what they have seen the bad guys do with them. However, they do not exactly comprehend that good guys with guns are the people who stop the bad guys with guns.

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Gwinnett Daily reports:

House bill 280 specified certain areas where someone can have a gun on a campus. It’s legislation that Republicans in the legislature have sought for years only to see it come up time and again in the past.

Although the bill opens up some areas of campuses for people to carry firearms, it still prohibits the carrying of a gun in several other areas, such as on-campus preschool and childcare spaces and areas where high school dual enrollment students would be located.

Governor Deal stated, “It is altogether appropriate that weapons not be allowed in sensitive areas on college campuses, and I appreciate the thoughtful consideration given by the General Assembly in expanding these excluded areas within a college campus in this year’s bill.”
He continued, “While HB 280 addresses the rights and restrictions relating to weapons carry license holders on a college campus, it in effect may have greater significance for students who are going to or coming from a campus. Unfortunately, in parts of the state, the path to higher education travels through dangerous territory.”
Of course, there are people speaking out against the bill. AJC reports:
Critics said that allowing guns on campus would create an unsafe environment and lead to more killings and suicides on campuses. They hoped an apparent grammatical error in the measure — a missing comma in one section — would scuttle the bill. And they tried to remind Deal of his veto at every turn.

“This flip-flop will be what Georgians remember about our governor for years to come – that he bent to the Washington gun lobby,” said Lindsey Donovan, who heads the Georgia chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “This will be the legacy he leaves behind.”

That has not stopped the rest of us from rejoicing though! People have taken to social media to thank Deal for finally making the right decision!


The new law will go into effect on July 1, just in time for fall semester!


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